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The Created Creator And The Illusion Of Our Battles

I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.

My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are [...]

Fashionable Boys

Why do three year-olds need to be fashionable?

The Cannibalistic Consumption Of Cinderella’s Mother The Cow

Did Cinderella’s mother die? Yes, but not in the way that you think, according to Pepelezka, the Slavic version of the Cinderella story, as retold in Sixty Folk-Tales From Exclusively Slavic Sources by A. H. Wraitslaw. The story starts with a group of girls who were spinning wool together around a deep chasm in a [...]

The Declaration On Freedom of Thought and Expression

The following items are the core items from the Declaration On Freedom of Thought and Expression approved by the World Humanist Congress at the beginning of this week.

Are these values universal? Should they be?

“The right to freedom of thought and belief is one and the same right for all. The human right articulated [...]

Mysterious Assemblages For Monday

Monday is a day of regularity. It is a day of predictable assemblages of people and objects.

To counter Monday’s clockwork, I present the following links to mysterious assemblages:

The Guilty River, a free ebook by Wilkie Collins opens with a dreary time: “The mysterious assemblage of trees was blacker than the blackening sky. Of [...]

What Counts As Indie In Books?

I love the idea of Indie. Finding a true independent in a world filled with big, powerful organizations is a lucky thing, like finding a four-leaf clover.

So, I was excited to discover IndieBound this morning. IndieBound is the web site of an association of independent bookstores. It describes itself as follows: “A product of [...]

If People Are Created In The Likeness Of God, And People Like Pornography, Then…

Independent Political Report brings to our attention the interesting political agenda of a small political party calling itself the Prohibition Party. Though it’s named the Prohibition Party, and it’s anti-pornography, the party doesn’t seek to prohibit pornography.

The Prohibition Party explains. “Believing that we, as humans, are created in the image and likeness of [...]

Plants Maps – Now With Maps!

A few months ago, I asked the rhetorical question, What kind of Plants Map has no map? I was referring to a web site called Plants Map, which is aspiring to serve as a kind of social media network for gardeners. It’s a great idea, but at the time, what stood out about Plants Map [...]

Marriage, Religion, And An Alternative To Christian Family Values

Results from a recent survey by the Pew Research Center for People and the Press show that Christian churches are not teaching their members to be accepting of other people. They’re merely teaching them to be accepting of other Christians. [...]

Picture What?

Today, June 29th, is celebrated online as a kind of technical holiday. It’s Camera Day.

What will you picture today?

Can Unity Among Political Independents Be Genuine?

The United Independent Party is being established in Massachusetts, but nowhere else. So, all of you Americans who live in other parts of the country aren’t being invited to join the unity. [...]